Let’s get real.

So I’m having a bit of a mid-detox meltdown today. I just want real food. I know that’s a horrible thing to say because raw food is as REAL as it gets. And I have to say, the raw food demo I attended last night was excellent. We tasted Green Juice, Curried Butternut Squash Soup and Pumpkin Cheesecake – all raw, all delicious. The Pumpkin Cheesecake was stellar. I can’t wait to make it myself.

However, I am quickly figuring out that raw is not the lifestyle for me (not that I had any intention of converting). Kudos to those who do it and love it. But, quite frankly, I’m getting sick of cold and lukewarm food. I’m on day 17 (of 28) and the thought of eating only raw food for EIGHT more days (yes, folks – that’s right thru Thanksgiving), and then finishing out the last three days of the detox with a juice fast… well, it just sort of seems impossible today. It’s weird because I’ve been doing fine up until now. I think it might have something to do with the last three recipes I’ve tried… they were gross.

I wanted creamy pasta with artichokes, kalamata olives and sun-dried tomatoes. Instead, I had to settle for zucchini noodles with lukewarm avocado sauce…

It wasn’t good. At all. But I ate it.

The next day, I wanted hot, hearty soup. Instead, I had to settle for lukewarm geriatric puree. I tried again the next day. More of the same…

Think cold, bland baby food. Only worse. Yeah… not good.

So, I’m reaching out. If any of you have any killer raw recipes to share that do not require a dehydrator or juicer, please share. I’ve given up on soup, though. So you can forget that. I really liked the Leafy Greens with BBQ Walnut Crumble and Raw Taco Fiesta dishes – if nothing else, I suppose I could just eat those two things plus green smoothies for eight more days. The slaw was really good, but it’s more of a side than a meal.

You know what else might make it easier? If I were seeing any change at all on the scale, I just might be a little more encouraged to stay the course. I mean, really… how can I be eating this clean and healthy (plus taking all these crazy detox supplements/concoctions I’ve been receiving from iHerb for a few months now – if you’re interested to see all iHerb discount codes for Australia, click here) for two weeks and see no weight change at all?! What gives?! I know, I know – I shouldn’t be focussing on that. But I’m just sayin – it would help.

-Hungry in Holland, MI

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22 thoughts on “Let’s get real.”

  1. Sorry for the cold/warm stuff you are forcing on yourself! I could NOT eat that way! It will be over soon. Good luck! NOT hungry in GR, MI

  2. Livvy, I woke up this morning thinking “doesn’t she (you) ever crave real food “.
    …and then to read this. Thank you for your honesty!
    maybe sometimes our bodies know more than our minds?

    Thoroughly enjoying every post.

  3. massaged kale salad with avocado, lemon juice and hefty dose of nutritional yeast and cayenne & cumin (savory and some “heat”), sunflower seeds and/or raw almonds (for some “meat”y feel), fresh parsley. :)

  4. Livvy,

    A friend/family member had us over for a raw foods dinner I was so skeptical, BUT it was delicious! I came away asking for recipes:) I don’t think I could do what you’re doing especially through the holidays, so kudos to you! Dunno if you have any restrictions within your detox, but I’ll share these recipes with you.

    Ranch Dressing

    1 C. coconut water
    2 garlic cloves, vein removed
    1/2 C. lemon juice
    2 T. apple cider vinegar
    2-4 T. agave
    1/2 t. salt
    1/2 C. cashews
    1/2 C. macadamia nuts (you can use all cashews: this makes it creamier, more like ranch)

    Can add a T. dill or other fresh herbs

    Blend in a Vita-Mix until creamy and smooth. Adjust to taste. If too sour or acidic, add more sweet. If too lemony, add littler ACV. If too sweet add more acid. If too thin, add more nuts. Dressing will thicken upon sitting in fridge.

    Marinara Sauce

    1 pack sundried tomatoes soaked in enough water to cover (save water)
    4 dates chopped
    2 medium tomatoes, chopped
    1 t. oregano
    1 t. basil
    1 small clove garlic
    1 T. lemon juice
    1 1/2 T. onion, chopped
    Dash of salt, pepper and cayenne


    Place all in food processor and blend to desired consistency. If sauce is too thick and saved soak water to thin. If it’s still too thick, slowly add water as you blend until results are satisfactory. Serve over zucchini pasta.

    Yummy Mango Cobbler

    Quick, easy mango cobbler that is out of this world.


    1 mango*, chopped
    1 cup dates, chopped
    1/2 t. sea salt
    1 C. pecans, chopped
    1/4 C. raw agave nectar
    1/4 C. virgin coconut oil
    1/2 t. lemon juice


    Chop dates and pecans in food processor. Add salt and blend. Press into serving bowls (reserve a bit of date mixture to sprinkle on top if desired). Top with mango chunks. Blend agave, coconut oil, and lemon juice in food processor until smooth. Pour on top of mango and top with leftover “crust” if desired.

    *When we made this with Cathy, she used 2 mangos and added raspberries and blueberries to the fruit mixture.

  5. Hi Livvy…

    You are so funny! But seriously…I know exactly how you feel. I just finished a 3-day liquid cleanse and was about to DIE. All I wanted to eat was food.

    Don’t be too hard on yourself, a 28 day detox is very hard to do. Detox and cleansing are both good, just maybe try a shorter one like 1 or 3 days next time.

    When I have eaten raw for an extended period of time like you are doing, I found that when I ate protein I wasn’t as hungry and stayed satisfied longer. Grab a handful of nuts, or start your day with a smoothie with some raw protein powder. Maybe that can help you get through the last 11 days?

    And start thinking about the first hot meal you will get to eat when you are through! :)

  6. I have to admit I laughed through this whole post, thinking of your lukewarm meals and geriatric purées and just wanting to bring you something savory and delicious. Thing is, you have the most awesome willpower, and I know you’ll push through it to the end because that’s you! (And something I admire in you:) It occurs to me that perhaps the scale isn’t budging because you already eat so healthily and your body was at an ideal, healthy weight before any of this detox business began. If nothing else (and I’m sure it’s not the only benefit), at least you’ll have tried it and ridded your system of any unnecessary yuck. I should be so motivated to do the same…Keep up with your rock star determination. You’re nearly there! xo.

  7. Hey Livvy,

    I’m sorry to hear that you’re not having any fun anymore with your detox or that you’re not seeing the results you want. I’m in the middle of doing the same 28 day cleanse and I’ve been shedding 10 pounds a week and so far I’ve lost 20 pounds. I’m shocked actually. I’m 45 years old and work mostly from home, so not as active. I do go out on my bike everyday, but my body didn’t start changing until I started this 28 day raw cleanse. I’ve come across some really fun raw foods and I think that maybe foods that are a lot of fun and even like a lot of comfort foods that we enjoy, you might feel better. The recipe below is from the famous raw foodist/model/activist Carol Alt. Her book “The Raw 50” contains 10 breakfasts 10 lunch 10 dinner’s w/desserts 10 snacks and 10 drinks that I find out of this world! If you can eat this ice cream and not LOVE IT, then I don’t know. Another book for you to check out would be her latest one “Easy, Sexy, Raw” Also check out a blogger called “Rawified” She’s recreated many popular junk food dishes like the Dairy Queen Blizzard and Oreo Cookies and made them raw, healthy and truly awesome!

    The reason I’m suggesting some of the raw desserts is because a friend of mine did the 28 day raw cleanse, but the funny thing is that she ONLY ate raw desserts!!!! I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t seen it which is why I’m doing this detox. I’m not doing all raw desserts, but she had amazing, amazing results.

    If you’d like anymore information or referrals, shoot me an email and I’ll share everything I can with you. Good luck!

    One Lucky Duck’s Raw Ice Cream:

    2 cups raw cashews, soaked
    for approximately 2 hours
    and drained
    2 cups fresh coconut meat
    or milk
    1 cup coconut juice
    cup raw honey or raw
    agave nectar
    1/2 cup raw virgin coconut
    2 tablespoons vanilla extract
    Seeds of Y2 vanilla bean.
    or 2 more teaspoons
    vanilla extract
    Y2 teaspoon salt, or to taste

    Put all the ingredients in a blender and puree until very
    smooth. Pour the mixture into an ice cream freezer and
    freeze according to the manufacturer’s directions. Serve
    right away or store in the freezer while still firm.

    Variations This recipe can serve as the base for other
    flavored ice creams. Here are a couple of my favorites:

    For Chocolate Cinnamon Ice Cream, add 3 table
    spoons of raw cacao powder and 1 tablespoon of ground
    cinnamon before blending.

    For Blue Blueberry Ice Cream, omit the vanilla bean
    and extract, and add 1/2 cup fresh blueberries before blending.

    • No huge differences, but there are a few elements of the detox that I haven’t done (like enemas, which supposedly do wonders). I have noticed that since eating mostly raw, anything that is remotely sweet tastes SUPER SWEET to me. Also, I’ve been sleeping GREAT, which is a common benefit of detoxing.

  8. I did not lose one pound until I started the juice fast. There’s actually quite a bit of calories in the green smoothie alone; I think someone said about 800. I wasn’t very strict with the juicing portion but I didn’t “eat” any food, just drank smoothies. I saw numbers on the scale I haven’t seen in YEARS! Obviously after starting to eat normal again the numbers crept back up, but it made it all worth it during those last few days :)

  9. Livvy-
    I’m so sorry I didn’t read this until now! You poor thing. We need another phone consult. Maybe tomorrow? I’m hoping that the Rawluck was inspirational. I need to just have you over and make you some hearty, satieting raw food! Your greenhouse looks GREAT! WOW!!! Let’s chat soon. XO M

    • No worries, Margaux. Momentary meltdown. Doing fine now. Made it through Thanksgiving successfully! Started juice fast yesterday. Two more days (counting today) and I am DONE!!! I learned SO MUCH – believe me, I will not let all of that knowledge go to waste. You’ve instilled new habits and routines I hope to have for a lifetime! xoxo


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